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Gig Harbor’s Welcome Plaza Wins State Honors

Skansie Park Development Named APWA Project of the Year  

Gig Harbor, Wash.; April 23rd, 2018 – The City of Gig Harbor recently received notice that it has won the Project of the Year Award from the Washington State chapter of the American Public Works Association (APWA) for the Lift Station 4B and Welcome Plaza, a project that provides Gig Harbor with a fully redesigned and rebuilt wastewater pump station, located in the heart of downtown Gig Harbor.

Located in Skansie Brothers Park at 3211 Harborview Drive, the Lift Station function, not only as a pump station, but also as a as the Welcome Plaza for residents and visitors. The facility provides the community with a state-of-the-art wastewater station inside a building housing larger and enhanced public restrooms, two family restrooms and other facilities to support the boating comunity that utilize neighboring Jerisich Dock. In addition, a large outdoor plaza hosts entertainment, seating areas, open space and ADA compliant pathways, including an ADA compliant wheel chair lift.

Safety was the primary concern when construction began in earnest on September 6th, 2016. The project faced many challenges including a city required completion date of Memorial Day 2017 and construction occurred during one of the most rainest winters on record. In the end, the project was completed on time and over $150,000 under budget. The building was raised above the 100-year floodplain to prevent flooding during wet weather events and extreme high tides. Other environmental considerations include installation of an large inch diamteter pipe just upstream from the lift station’s wet well in order to prevent overflows and provide emergency storage.

“The project is in the heart of town,” says Gig Harbor Mayor Kit Kuhn. “It is a beautiful social gathering place with a unique function. We are fortunate to have been able to develop this Lift Station without having to relocate it.”

Construction for the project was made possible through the City Wastewater Enterprise Utility. For additional information about the Welcome Plaza visit